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The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Art Collections Museum. The four decades that elapsed saw a steady growth of donations, from 13 collections back in 1978, to 47 in 2018, 16 of which were donated after 1990. Although many cover a great variety of styles and geographical areas they also reveal a deep interest in Romanian art, be it folk, modern or contemporary. It is primarily this common interest collectors had in Romanian art that emerges as a unifying feature together with their will to share the joy of looking at art with a wider public. The latter resulted in collections being donated to the State during the 20th century and the first two decades of the 21st century.

By bringing together favourite pieces, portraits of the collectors and of their family members, decorative art objects, photographs and various documents, the exhibition offers a glimpse into their everyday life. The selection also reveals the importance of private collectors in fostering contemporary artists so often hampered by economic and ideological pressures. A fascinating web of human relations and interactions comes alive substantiating creating and collecting as major social and cultural phenomena.

Curator: Liliana Chiriac, Department Head, Art Collections Museum
22 September 2018 - 31 January 2019
Art Collections Museum, 111 Calea Victoriei
Visiting hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10.00 – 18.00 (Ticket office closes at 17.00)
Closed: Thursday and Friday
Free: every first Wednesday of the month